Dr. Lucas Torres2017 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Award Recipient

Thanks to his family, Dr. Lucas Torres learned the value of diversity and exploring his place in the world at an early age.

Today, he seeks to help others explore their place in the world through his research on the mental health of underrepresented groups, mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds and service to Marquette on issues of diversity. In recognition of that work, Torres is the 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Award.

"Underlying my approach to promoting diversity and inclusion is the notion that service for others, particularly the marginalized, is key to success and growth," he says.

Torres, an associate professor of psychology, has studied mental health disparities among members of the Latino community through funding from the National Institute of Mental Health. He has collaborated with colleagues at other institutions to study post-traumatic stress disorder among African-Americans who face discrimination and community violence. He and Dr. Lisa Edwards, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, co-founded the Latina/o Well-Being Research Initiative. Beyond that, Torres incorporates diverse perspectives into his everyday teaching.

"Dr. Torres represents our best efforts to understand and minimize race/ethnicity disparities in mental health and to increase cultural competency and diversity on our campus," wrote Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor and assistant chair of psychology, in a letter of recommendation. "He embodies the Ignatian value of care for others and has consistently contributed to Marquette's mission for diversity."